On a trip to Chicago from his native Italy, young Mario Tricoci changed his life forever. The fledgling hairdresser stopped in at a prestigious salon, where he impressed the owner with his impeccable display of skill and landed himself a job. The next six decades brought strings of industry awards and the opening of his very own salon, which soon exploded into 26 locations in four states. With his styling prowess proven both to the industry and to the clients he encountered each day, the coiffeur decided to share his gift with others. In 2004, he established Tricoci University to foster a new generation of cosmetologists and spa technicians trained to thrive in the luxury-spa industry.
Throughout the Midwest, Tricoci prot?g?s study a rigorous curriculum in high-end salon and spa surroundings to learn how to create beautiful hairdos, choose skin-flattering cosmetics, and beautify nails and skin. A team of experienced industry professionals readies pupils for the beauty world with in-depth classes, and outside education arrives via video demonstrations and guest-artist lectures on Vidal Sassoon's Wedge-Bob Postulate. More advanced students get a preview of their career to come by beautifying real people during instructor-supervised treatments, which lend the stylist essential experience as the client enjoys a pampering session at a discounted rate.
At the time Doctor Rotskoff graduated from Washington University, he was one of only 30 doctors in the country to hold dual degrees in medicine and dentistry. He went on to combine his specialty in oral maxillofacial surgery with his expertise in cosmetic surgery, and is considered an authority on facial reconstruction in addition to body contouring and laser skin rejuvenation. When he isn't lecturing to national and international audiences or authoring chapters for leading medical journals, Dr. Rotskoff joins Dr. Timothy Gillum, a board-certified surgeon specializing in both head and neck surgery and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Together, they oversee a staff of laser technicians who help patients discover less-invasive ways to turn back the clock. Wielding Syneron laser technology, they usher unwanted stubble off the body's map and help erase signs of aging with microdermabrasion, photofacial treatments, and ReFirme skin tightening. Renew Cosmetic Spa offers complimentary consultations to all prospective patients, encouraging them to visit the center, learn about the treatments from a specialist, and claim a favorite chair in the waiting room.
Eyes by India first opened its doors in Indiana to provide threading as an alternative to waxing. Threading is more precise than waxing and causes less pain, redness, and burning when removing unwanted fuzz. Now with nine locations in two states, Eyes by India’s staff of specialists completes more than 100 hours of training in threading and service etiquette before applying those skills to patrons’ faces at work and image-conscious teddy bears at home. During appointments, cotton thread twists over hair, tweaking hairlines and brow lines or removing all traces of fuzz on the neck, chin, or upper lip.
Like any other licensed massage therapist, Sara Caldwell of Layflat Massage welcomes patrons into her second-story studio to ply their tense muscles with strokes from nearly 10 types of massage modalities. But unlike other therapists, she also goes mobile, traveling to clients' homes or offices to render similar services. Sara loves the challenge of massage and accommodates virtually any ailment with customized massages fit for body types ranging from expectant mothers to NFL football players and professional Statue of Liberty impersonators.
Ryan "Ickie" Fletcher can draw anything. As an award-winning custom tattoo artist, he knows the perfect way to create life-size lion heads, wearable wings, chess boards with realistic depth and dimension, and portraits. Aside from inking skin with custom designs, he offers dermal anchors and piercings?and removes tattoos that have gained sentience and must be destroyed.
Larry Paul Tanning Spa offers multiple paths to a glowing complexion. Novice tanners can achieve an even base while reclining in Premium Base beds. Those who've already achieved a base tan can hone tone in Build or Bronze beds, which burnish the skin in less time. Comfortable, heated VeraSpa spray-tanning or Pura Sunless booths cover bodies with a mist, ensuring radiant, moisturized skin without UV exposure.